Dots Recommends: Ry X, Audio Kings of the Third World & System of Hate

It’s Music Monday, people! As always, I’ve selected three songs for your listening pleasure.

First off, I recommend the absolutely sublime “Berlin” the title song from the debut EP by Ry X. You’ve probably heard this many times already, but I really couldn’t resist featuring it anyway.

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Musically, it drifts along gently from the outset, carrying the stunning vocals to crescendos at various stages throughout the song. There’s a simultaneous fragility and strength that together make this absolutely stunning, and utterly captivating.

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I’m going to completely shock the system now with quite an unprecedented change in tempo. Introducing you to Audio Kings of the Third World.

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Their fuzzy, punky, garage rock EP “Space Punk” was released back in February, and from it I give you “8 Bit Man”. It’s about a man filled with rage due to being constantly told what to do, and wants things to be completely the opposite. It’s noisy, dark and experimental. I rather like it. Do you?

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Continuing on the punk rock vein, I’m cranking up the volume even more with System of Hate. This band are a no holds barred, properly shouty, angry, intense group of individuals.

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Kicking off with a hefty bass riff, “Ashes of Divinity”, track two from their newest EP, “Insanity”, is indicative of the style of System of Hate. This band are slick, they love what they do, and they’re getting it out there. I suggest you get on this particular bandwagon! Enjoy…!

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Dotty View: The Breathing Room

You’re a musician who has tried to find a break as a member of various bands throughout the years, and it’s just not happening. So, what do you do? You brave the world of music all on your own, of course! I have the utmost respect for anyone who has the impetus to explore their own style, be inspired by their personal influences and to produce songs that reflect their character, talent and desire to succeed.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Breathing Room, AKA Mike Fullarton. This young man from Dundee is doing exactly what I’ve described above. He’s picked up his guitar, honed his vocals, experimented with different sounds and effects, and started writing his own music independently from home.

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Fullarton describes his style as Americana/Indie-Folk, and although I’m largely inclined to agree, he has also included some intriguing twists within some of his songs. “Just a Taste” has a didgeridoo, for example! Placed together with a drum beat you could march to and country-ish guitar, this is a really fun little tune. I can imagine being at a festival on a sunny day listening and dancing to this.

Another song I particularly adore from The Breathing Room’s repertoire is “From In I Look Out” – it’s a lovely, jaunty, upbeat tune. There’s a ukelele involved (I think – it may be a banjo! Do excuse my ignorance!), and also a flute – Fullarton certainly has a variety of skills, and also has the ability to put a song together in a really pleasing way.

I’m hoping to see an official release from The Breathing Room at some point soon. Watch this space, and these ones…!

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Dots Recommends: The Vibes, Hannah Scott & Jonny Stemp

It’s Sunday evening, and I don’t know about you, but I really want some new music in my life. I love what I know, but occasionally some new blood is required, no? I don’t mean that in the vampirical sense, I promise. Ahem. Anyway…! I’ve got three bands/artists to recommend to you tonight…

If dirty, rythmic guitar, deep, powerful vocals and bluesy bass undertones rock your world, then wrap your ears around the music of The Vibes.

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The band’s second EP, “Dust Trail” will be released on 17th May on bandcamp.

As well as the Blues, there are nods towards punk rock within The Vibes’ music – think The Clash crossed with BRMC, and you’re pretty much there.

Here’s one of my favourite tracks from the EP, “Rambling Man” – Among other things, I love the way Darren McGrath tends to linger on the “s” when he sings. Hey, the devil’s in the detail!

Get in touch with The Vibes in the following zones:

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If what you’re after tonight is to relax after a weekend racing around, or even a cure for that Saturday induced hangover, then look no further than the gentle yet rousing tunes of Hannah Scott.

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Hannah has just released her second EP on the Casa Music label, “The Space In Between”, complete with a launch gig at The Garage in London, which went very well indeed by all accounts!

The EP is made up of five melodic folk pop songs with the crowning glory of Hannah’s distinctive, extremely eloquent (I love it when I can understand the lyrics without having to read them, but I digress) vocal. These songs burst into life with an exuberance and vigour that is a joy to witness.

Here’s the final track on the EP, “My Dad and I”. This is the most upbeat song, and I especially love Scott’s country style vocals, and the lovely sentiment within the lyrics. Rather delightful.

Check out more of Hannah’s work here, and send her a message if that’s your thing!

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Blimey-o-reilly, people, and knock me down with a feather. Almost a month ago, I received an email from a lad by the name of Jonny Stemp asking if I’d be interested in listening to his music.

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I’m not sure what took me so long – perhaps it’s the fact that most of the songs on his soundcloud account are covers, which I’m not generally keen on (sorry!). However, there’s one original song nestled in the middle entitled “We’ll Find Out”, and my goodness it is rather beautiful. You know those songs that hit you inbetween the eyes, ears and shoulderblades all at the same time? Well, this is one of them. His voice is incredible, and his overall style beautifully simple. I’m a sucker for just a vocal with a piano for an accompaniment. I don’t need to say more – the song speaks for itself.

I’m sharing with you, simply because I fell in love with it and could listen over and over again. I would love to hear more original songs from you please, Mr Stemp!

Hopefully that will happen soon, but in the meantime, follow Jonny’s progress here:

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Dots Jukebox: “Crime” 26 April 2014

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10CC Rubber Bullets @n1ckbab3r
Supertramp Crime of the Century @brianwrose @lennybun
Kingmaker Sequinned Thug @indieover40
Guns n’ Roses Perfect Crime @jykkala @1infivehq
Fugazi Great Cop @annatheforager @hodge_nufc
Carter USM Crimestoppers a Go Go @thelastpenmon
Primal Scream Jailbird @laurasalts5
Pulp Joyriders @hertfordsoul
Supergrass Caught By the Fuzz @jobucko @contra_flow @mattowlgale
Dead Kennedys I Fought the Law @sparkypatrick @southallio
The Clash Bankrobber @danthompson78 @djfroggle @westburtonlad @dronhilltweets
Jane’s Addiction Been Caught Stealing @vicaviber @instantkarma80 @bomaya @steve8x8
Beastie Boys Car Thief @flintsghost @damjef
Phantogram Running From the Cops @dumptee_humptee
Crystal Castles Crimewave @substandardnerd @big_g_aroo
New Order Thieves Like Us @ceremony38 @weloveallthat
Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal @srathem
Ronny Jordan The Jackal @lalostuff
Dr. Feelgood Riot in Cell Block No.9 @carldogwalker
John Lee Hooker Bad Like Jesse James @chasethegroove
Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues @skylarkingmatt
Bob Marley I Shot the Sheriff @trish_savine
Elvis Costello Watching the Detectives @jeremy_2566
Billy Bragg & Wilco Against the Law @rickjleach
The Smiths Shoplifters of the World Unite @stamfordcowboy @tomsw1
The Men They Couldn’t Hang Smugglers @rich_w27
The Decemberists The Perfect Crime @mrjohnmacleod
Stealing Sheep Shut Eye @richard0x4a
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Stolen @infolib_robin
The Felice Brothers Hey Hey Revolver @noelmullin

 

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Dots Jukebox: “Time” 17th April 2014

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Fairport Convention Who Knows Where the Time Goes @sparkes74
The Incredible String Band Time @ageingraver
Pink Floyd Time @sparky_hornsby @philmonkey @clairhorne @seismicshed
The Who 5.15 @contra_flow
David Bowie Time @rud1973
Gang of Four 5.45 @cjcole01
Tom Waits Time @mattowlgale
Shack Time Machine @geniusmover
The Wrens 13 Months in 6 Minutes @flintsghost
Beck The Golden Age @iamaraindog
Billy MacKenzie Give Me Time @keithj_gmb
The Cure Seventeen Seconds @iancpeacock
The Buzzcocks Time’s Up @ryeandwry
The Boomtown Rats Like Clockwork @speedofsounduk
Sparks Beat the Clock @now_playing_72
The Pale Saints Time Thief @indieover40
Iron Maiden Two Minutes to Midnight @peterminihane
Rancid Time Bomb @ianwebb1982
Jane’s Addiction Three Days @leedsinshetland
Wah! Heat 7 Minutes to Midnight @boxofpeppers
The Housemartins Happy Hour @laugharne71
The Human League Seconds @sparkypatrick with a mention for @weloveallthat
The Wolfgang Press Time @maffrj
Orbital Chime @thewilsyboy
Miaoux Miaoux Stop the Clocks @pswood3
Chase & Status Time @arihat_
Grimes Space and Time @thezanussi
The Airborne Toxic Event Sometime Around Midnight @musicvstheworld ‘s daughter
Pulp Do You Remember the First Time? @ccbriggers
Supergrass Time @big_g_aroo @hilifecompanion
The Divine Comedy Timewatching @drfilth
Marion Time @northernnelly
Fauns 4am @chimbonda39
The Charlatans Me in Time @pineapplehurts
Jackson Browne These Days @sberrells

 

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Dots Recommends: Keeva, Tonight We Live & Fashion Week

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Dots Recommends, where I bring to your attention three new bands or artists on the scene for your delectation! I hope you enjoy today’s offerings…

First up is British singer/songwriter Keeva. She’s just released her third EP, “Half of You”, and I bring you the title track from that EP.

If you like acoustic music with a bit of a country/folk twist, then you’ll like this. Keeva has a lovely, sweet (but not sickly sweet), vocal range. She has an obvious close musical connection to the band she works with – a necessity, I think! Keeva was featured at the end of March on the BBC Introducing in the West playlist – it’s great to see her name is getting recognised! Definitely one to watch, I reckon.

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I’m upping the tempo a bit now, with Kildare band Tonight We Live – their new single “We Called This Home” is out now on iTunes, and it’s a great little tune! Six seconds in, the catchy drum beat caught me – the vocals are more of a pop style, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they somehow fit really nicely with the drums and guitar. I’ve had a listen to the other songs on Tonight We Live’s Soundcloud, and they’ve got a definite style. If you’re into 30 Seconds to Mars and other bands of that ilk, I think you’ll like these guys!

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Last but not least for today, I bring you Fashion Week. They sort of remind me of a cross between Cast, The Beatles, and Grandaddy. Sometimes, I fall for music quite hard, and I’ve fallen for this band after just one listen of their songs! I’ll definitely be buying their second EP, “The Future is Amazing”, which is due for release on April 28th. For now, though, here’s a taster in the form of my favourite track from the EP, “Footsteps in the Hall”. It’s quite Bluesy, and I like that. A lot. Get on it!

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Dotty View: Master Distiller – The Beast Within

Seemingly deliberately mysterious, Northern Irish rock duo Master Distiller are very new to the music scene. They released their début EP, The Beast Within, in January of this year, and from the age of their social networking accounts, they are apparently mere babies of the music world.

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However, their songs suggest that they are substantially more mature than that. From the looming, metal-esque guitar riffs in the title track, via the everlasting rhythm of “Seconds to Live” and ending with the could-have-been-a-gimmick-but-very-much-isn’t “Six Shot Serenade”, which immediately brings to mind a Western movie, this is an exceptional effort for a first EP.

This band has a distinctive style, and I like where they’re taking it. I very much look forward to future releases. Watch this space!

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Dots Jukebox: “Horror” 6 April 2014

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Hector Berlioz Dies Irae @ianfurgie
Badly Drawn Boy The Shining @hertfordsoul
Antony and The Johnsons The Horror Has Gone @realpaulmurray
John Cale Fear is a Man’s Best Friend @richard0x4a
Sleepin’ Pillow Holy Monster @chasethegroove
Metric Monster Hospital @jamiessx
The Raveonettes Attack of the Ghost Riders @vaguemclarity
The Horrors Who Can Say @damjef
Blue Oyster Cult Nosferatu @now_playing_72
The Smiths The Hand that Rocks the Cradle @buttersstotch11
Ramones Pet Semetary @pauldn1
David Bowie Scary Monsters and Super Creeps @jamescollingwo1 @rud1973
Tom Waits Don’t Go Into that Barn @mattowlgale
The Damned Grimly Fiendish @thelastpenmon
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare @daveorv41
The Wildhearts Splattermania @cavedweller71
Iron Maiden Run to the Hills @lycan33
The Horrorpops Walk Like a Zombie @southallio
The Zutons Moons and Horror Shows @musicvstheworld
The Libertines Horrorshow @paulseddonuk
Sufjan Stevens They are Night Zombies! They are Neighbours! They Have Come Back From the Dead! Ahhh! @flintsghost
The Move Night of Fear @instantkarma80
Sophie Ellis Bextor Murder on the Dancefloor @sadpad21
Kate Bush Hammer Horror @paulie9461 @substandardnerd @keithj_gmb
The Swanks Ghost Train @riverboatcapt
The Cramps I Was a Teenage Werewolf @ladyofsonnets66
RJD2 The Horror @grantsales
Method Man & Redman Cereal Killer @danthompson78
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Red Right Hand @skylarkingmatt @trish_savine
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells @sparkypatrick @arihat_

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